More seats to the Seychelles makes for more options to visit


(Posted 08th April 2015)

Emirates has announced that effective 01st of June this year will both daily flights from Dubai to the Seychelles be operated by a Boeing B777-300ER, adding yet more capacity on the market after only going double daily late last year. The change from the Airbus A330-300 has already been welcomed by the Seychelles’ tourism and hospitality fraternity.

It was only ten years ago, in 2005, when Emirates first began to fly to Mahe with three flights a week before over the past decade then adding more and more services, first going daily and then progressively moving to double daily connections. It is the double daily service which now truly connects every point of the Emirates global network with the Seychelles with but one stop and a relatively short layover period in Dubai while in transit.

It is in particular, or so the source from Victoria suggested, of importance for the many small Seychellois owned guest houses, B&B’s, holiday villas and self-catering establishments that more seats have become available as they are seeking to market their services in a more concerted effort abroad, bundled under what is known as Seychelles Secrets (

Combined with often special promotional airfares by Emirates, either network wide or from selected markets, will a stay at a Seychellois owned establishment make for a great overall package cost, much more affordable than many would dare to imagine, opening the doors to have that holiday of a lifetime become reality.

This correspondent will, when next visiting the islands, once again do some added research into the cost of living for tourists on self-catering arrangements, i.e. prepare a representative and costed ‘shopping basket’ to back up the ‘affordable’ claim. Combined with a no Visa policy – the Seychelles only requires visitors to have in their possession a return ticket, a confirmed hotel booking, sufficient funds to sustain a stay and, when coming from parts of Africa, a Yellow Fever inoculation certificate – does this make the islands an ideal destination for visitors from the African mainland but of course also from other parts of the world where getting Visa to other countries has become a major issue.

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